How to get good answers to your Plant ID questions

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    How to get good answers to your Plant ID questions - What to include in your posting when you want an identification

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  2. Michael F

    Michael F Paragon of Plants Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Take photos of the undersides of the leaves / shoots as well as the upper sides. Close-up macros showing the presence or absence of hairs on the leaf or shoot can also be important.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, Michael. I have added that to the text. I was just thinking that today reading one of the recent maple ID postings where the presence of hairs would figure into the ID (but I hadn't thought to update the text).
     
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    also make sure you tell us what time of year the photo was taken or when it flowers, as this will help in the process.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks, Riley. I've added that.
     
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    Thank you! These are great tips, it is great to see all of the pictures too!
     
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    I have photos in my gallery of a non-native willow common around here (probably originally from Europe, but maybe North America) that I would like to send to this forum for identification. I know how to click on the photos and email them to someone, and I've been doing that quite a bit, but what actual step(s) do I have to take to pull one or more of them from the gallery and post them here for identification? I am pretty new to the internet and my navigation skills are still at a low-medium level.

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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I understand you to mean "your gallery" on your computer. Have a look at the video at Attach photos and files and reply with specific questions if that doesn't help. You can practice all you want here: The Test Bed. No-one will reply with answers in the test bed. :)
     
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    Thanks. I'll do that.

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